Government scholarships for ethnic media
Four young bilingual journalists will have the chance to learn the ropes through a new $20,000 scholarship program funded by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello announced today.
“The NSW Government recognises that the ethnic media in NSW is a major economic, social and community resource,” Mr Dominello said.
“Ethnic media assists in maintaining and promoting community languages, cultural diversity, community harmony and trade.
“At a time when traditional media is facing many challenges, the ethnic media in NSW is on the rise.
“To help the sector continue to grow and play its positive social role, the NSW Government will fund four scholarships for a six-month term, worth $5000 each.
“This will allow aspiring bilingual individuals to be mentored by skilled media professionals.
“It’s a great chance for journalists early in their careers to develop their skills and learn from NSW’s experienced ethnic media editors, producers and reporters.
“Scholarships holders would be incorporated into the daily routine of the media office as far as possible.
“This may include reporting and interview assignments, finding stories within the community, and writing or sub-editing articles.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of life as a journalist and to get your foot in the door of a thriving industry,” Mr Dominello said.
Ethnic media outlets will be able to apply to the Community Relations Commission for scholarships funds. The four successful media outlets will then advertise for scholarship applications. Scholarship holders will be chosen by a selection committee including a representative of the media outlet, a representative of the Community Relations Commission, and an independent person. More information on the application process will be available from the Community Relations Commission in coming weeks.